Summary: I had read reviews on this camera on CNET and was intrigued by all the features it had. Did some research and bought it here at Amazon. The first night I received my order I took many shots of a park and walking trail. I tried every feature and setting to try to find "true" color representation. It was impossible. For all the great features it has, it means nothing if you can't accurately represent the colors. I immediately knew this wasn't the camera for me.
Excerpt: Rather disappointed..I am an amateur, but comparing the previous Sony model I had DSC W-170 and this one I must say it’s far from sth I would expect from Sony. Since models are 2 years apart it’s appropriate to expect better images, better speed (even though one has 5x zoom and another one 10x), etc..Its true camera has all kind of new features (gps, hd, compass that reminds more on the compass from pirates of the carribean,..)..but in the sense of performance.
Excerpt: After comparing this camera to the Canon SX200, SX210, and Panasonic ZS7, I decided to purchase this one. I got my hands on all of these cameras at the local camera shop before making my final decision and spent many hours reading about the features that they all offered. I actually purchased the SX200 first, due to the sale price at the time. It was returned within 3 days due to the overall poor image quality.
Excerpt: My first and last Sony camera. GPS works so-so, but it is a cool feature for the price. Included combo USB and video cable is ludicrous, very cumbersome and awkward. the camera has a propriety plug on it instead of a mini USB. I use my card reader and bypass using the supplied software. Color accuracy is poor in the reds. Good bracketing and seems to respond to changes in light levels.
Summary: I bought this camera after seeing the NY Times review of new low-light compact cameras, because I need to take pictures indoors just about every day, and I was hoping to be able to avoid using a flash. In general I have to say it's been a good purchase. It takes pretty good pictures for a point-and-shoot, and unlike some earlier Sony models, which I didn't consider because they took only proprietary memorystick cards, this one takes standard SD cards.
Sony hx5v - conveniences and function are overcome by poor image quality
Rick in Virginia, Amazon
19 April 2010
Summary: I have been looking for a new P&S for a while and compared the Sony hx5v v. Canon sx210is v. Panasonic zs3 (as a prelude to the zs7). The most important consideration was image quality - followed closely by convenience, a well defined menu system, lens quality, fit and finish and pocketability. The Sony and Panny both had a gps function which was not important to me. The panny zs3 had poor low light performance and no manual controls.
Excerpt: "I've been using this camera very regularly for about 7 months now, during the Summer holidays I used it extensively to record the main highlights of our days in pictures and HD movies. It's a sturdy, compact camera that is easy to grab but, ultimately for me has a few issues - the main one being that I'm not as happy with the quality of the photos it produces as I might be, given that it cost £179, the price at which it seems to be still available ...
Pros: lots of features
Cons: my point and click pictures are pants frankly
Summary: This camera ticked many boxes - decent quality photo's; full 1080 HD video - my two main reasons for buying it. It also has "sweep panorama", which is pretty impressive, and a "burst mode" which is OK but not used often. The 1080 video was the "deal clincher" though .. there are very few compacts with full HD, most have some "HD Lite" eg the Panasonic Lumix range.
Excerpt: "...a new product from SONY: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5V with dimensions 4.1 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches :Weight of this camera is 7.1 ounces, Pixel 10 Megapixel, CMOS sensor size 1/2.4inch, 3inch LCD, 10x zoom. Shaped video formats MPEG and JPEG image formats. Highest Resolution 3648 x 2736 pixels. Li-ion rechargeable battery, SD Memory Card, PMB bundled software 5.0 and can transfer music. This camera is suitable for you who need a simple camera, not heavy,with ...